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Buriti Oil vs. Coconut Oil

by Valeria Cole |  | 1 comment

Coconut oil has been a popular emollient for hair and skincare, but other, more effective and beneficial oils are becoming more well known in recent years. For example, buriti oil, which comes from the fruit of a palm tree that grows in the Amazon, is a vitamin-rich oil that deeply moisturizes both skin and hair. Both coconut and buriti oils are rich in fatty acids and other nutrients that benefit the skin and hair in other ways, but compared to coconut oil, buriti oil has more nutrient contents.

There are a lot of different oils out there, so finding the right one for your skin type can be tough. Despite its popularity, coconut oil actually doesn’t really work for everyone. This is primarily due to its higher comedogenic rating of 4, which can be problematic for people who suffer from comedonal acne, a form of acne that is caused by clogged pores.

buriti oil in bottle with buriti fruit and green leavesBuriti oil is much lighter than coconut oil, and doesn’t leave the somewhat greasy residue that many people experience with coconut oil. This is particularly important when an oil is used for hair care, since no one wants greasy-looking hair. When a little bit is massaged into the tips of your hair, buriti oil provides a moisturizing, protective barrier that prevents damage.

Coconut oil also provides moisturization for hair as well, but while buriti oil is ideal for all types of hair -- from fine and straight to coarse and curly -- coconut oil isn’t as effective with coarse hair and is usually liked for straight, smooth hair. It is particularly effective for protecting delicate hair fibers, but it doesn’t provide the regenerative benefits that buriti oil offers.

Both oils are appreciated for their fatty acid contents. Coconut oil consists of mostly saturated fatty acids, which is why it is perfect for low porosity hair. It isn’t really a suitable treatment for damaged hair, since frizz may develop after applying coconut oil to damaged hair.

whole coconuts and coconut oil in a jar

Alternatively, buriti oil has high concentrations of both saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids (more or less equal portions), making it beneficial for hair of both low- and medium-porosity hair types. Medium-porosity hair is typically slightly damaged and frizzy, with dry ends and buriti oil provides the deep moisturization as well as a protective layer. The vitamin contents of buriti oil are highly beneficial for hair. Vitamin E helps to make your hair stronger and rejuvenates the follicles to prevent hair loss, and vitamin A helps promote faster growth and protects against toxins and damage from UV rays.


Due to their deep moisturizing properties, both oils are excellent treatments for dandruff and dry scalp and they also help to treat skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and other chronic skin problems.

Coconut and buriti oil are both ingredients used in our Brazilian Radiance™ Miracle Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as other nourishing skincare products from Teadora, including our super popular and often sold out Brazilian Glow™ Ultra-Silky Cleanser, which is a sensitive skin’s best friend and excellent for both face and body use. We truly believe in formulating products that are multi-tasking so you don’t always have to buy separate products for your face and your body. Both of these products come in our 100% natural citrusy scent that will awaken your senses with a burst of oranges and lemon grass.

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Cheers, Val

  • Rose Martins on January 06, 2019

    Do you have any sulfate free shampoo and conditioner that do not have any coconut as one of the ingredients?

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